Hunger in Moose Jaw is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Executive Director Sharla Sept explained how the organization got started.
"Starting in 1993, Hunger in Moose Jaw was brought on by a town meeting with a group of people who were like-minded and realized that there was a need in Moose Jaw for programs within the schools. We've been here 30 years and have gone from making 60 lunches a week to 400 lunches a day. I'm not sure if we should be proud of that or we're just saying that there's an increased need and we've seen the need come over the years. We want to celebrate all the programs that we have right now and that we have been running for close to 30 years for most of them."
Hunger in Moose Jaw is looking for stories or pictures from the public that will be used to create a 30th-anniversary scrapbook.
"We've had a pre-school for almost 25 years, we would love to connect with people who maybe were preschool students," noted Sept. "We're looking for stories where people were impacted by our programming or if anybody is a former board member and would like share with us, we would love to collect those and put them together in a scrapbook that we can share at our upcoming celebration tea."
The come-and-go celebration tea will take place Friday, May 5 from 1 to 3 pm at 269 Stadacona Street West.
Pictures and stories for the scrapbook can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Nutrition Program
This signature program is designed to enhance the capacity of children to learn and develop. Staff and volunteers prepare and deliver nutritious lunches daily to children in schools around Moose Jaw. Lunches are free. Students who could benefit from this program are identified by school staff or their parents.
Headstart Community Preschool
The preschool offers classes every weekday morning. The curriculum addresses physical needs of vulnerable children in a safe and supportive environment. A snack is provided daily and transportation is available.
Good Food Box
The Good Food Box provides top-quality fruits and vegetables at affordable prices to the general public twice a month. This program is based on the belief that all persons have the right to safe and affordable food.
Community Kitchens & Junior Chefs
Community Kitchens are offered to small groups of individuals in the community who can benefit from learning how to prepare nutritious, delicious, and affordable foods for themselves and their families. Junior Chefs is similar to Community Kitchens and is geared toward children ages 9-12. Both programs emphasize cooking basics, kitchen safety and hygiene.
Yara Community Gardens
This program provides the opportunity for its members to grow healthy local food as well as offering a chance to build community and learn new skills. Over 140 plots are available to rent in 3 garden locations around the city.